Change Please CIC

Project Name

Change Please

Beneficiary Country

United Kingdom

Funding theme

A safe place to be

Start Date

June 30th 2017

Amount Awarded

£70,422

End Date

August 19th 2019

Change Please is a social enterprise that improves a homeless person's chances in life and employment by tapping into the UK’s insatiable appetite for coffee.

They do this by taking an ethical approach to society and supply chain issues: by producing its own brand of fair trade coffee - soon to be stocked in Sainsbury's - and by providing barista training to homeless clients. Referrals come from a range of well-established homelessness agencies who assess a client's needs and provide ongoing support to the organisation.

Prospective baristas are offered a one-month trial and training course through one of the Change Please vans or café sites, followed by a permanent contract.

As well as barrista training, clients receive additional health and wellbeing support and life skills training to help them keep their tenancies and jobs.

Funding from Comic Relief will help to expand the business and support functions of Change Please, keeping the needs of its Baristas at heart while it grows.

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Comic Relief has been funding work around safe and secure shelter for marginalised communities for over 25 years. We have supported essential services to support people who are homeless across the UK. We have also supported psychosocial support for refugees and asylum seekers as well as helping communities in informal settlements across the world improve their own communities.

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